Cheltenham graduates continue to excel on the track
It was yet another fruitful weekend on the track for Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales graduates with winners both sides of the Irish Sea including Graded and Listed successes.
At Wetherby the admirable Definitly Red took his career earnings above £350,000 when running out the winner of the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase for trainer Brian Ellison and owners Phil & Julie Martin. The son of Definite Article was purchased at the 2014 Cheltenham November Sale for £110,000 after running out the 20 length winner of his Irish Maiden point-to-point for handler Brian Hamilton.
The opening two races on Wetherby’s card also went the way of Cheltenham graduates with Fingerontheswitch taking the opener for trainer Neil Mulholland and another winning Monbeg Stables graduate.
Thistle Do Nicely maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles when winning in fine style under a penalty by 10 lengths for Jamie Snowden. The 4yo son of Arcadio is a graduate of the Tom Lacey academy and was purchased by Tom Malone at the 2017 December Sale for £80,000 after winning his bumper in fine style.
The remarkable True Self made it three Flat wins on the bounce for trainer Willie Mullins when scooting clear in the Listed James Seymour Stakes under Colin Keane. The daughter of Oscar was offered by Don Cantillon at the 2016 December Sale after a promising debut run in a Warwick Bumper.
Brace Yourself opened his account at the first time of asking over hurdles at Down Royal in the hands of Sean Flanagan for trainer Noel Meade. The son of Mahler looks just the type who can take high rank in the Novice Hurdle division this season for owner Mrs Patricia Hunt. He was purchased at last year’s November Sale after finishing second in his only point-to-point for handler Warren Ewing.
At Ascot the progressive Wenyerreadyfreddie recorded a comprehensive 18 length success in the Novice Handicap Chase at Ascot for trainer Nicky Henderson.
The 2018 renewal of the November Sale will take place at 4.30pm on Friday 16 November. The main catalogue will be available to view online this afternoon – Monday 5 November.